All the dumb things

A cautionary tale in development

Fake bribe to fake cop in fake car. Java, Indonesia

Posted by razzbuffnik on May 5, 2007

Stuart Horstman, a friend of mine who runs a surf tour company and yacht charter in Indonesia sent me this photo.

“Anyone who’s driven on the toll roads in Indonesia would be familiar with  their highway patrol, ever ready to extract some cash from the unwary driver.  The penalties and payments are pretty flexible depending on your negotiation skills or important contacts you may have.  This shot was taken in about 2003 on the toll road between Bogor and Jakarta on the way back from a surf trip to West Java.  As the keen observer often knows, things are not always as they seem….”


Cutouts of police cars have been placed along some of the highways in Indonesia to deter motorists from speeding and this shot shows Nev Hines (Stuart’s business partner in Freeline Surf Adventures) pretending to pay his “on the spot fine”. Stuart has quite the life as he goes up to Indonesia about five times a years to surf…. no…. I mean …. on business. 


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